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United States Supreme Court will hear military protest case on Wed

The United States Supreme Court will hear an appeal case on Wednesday by Albert Synder, father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, Marine killed in a Humvee accident Iraq. Snyder wants his overturned $5 million award reinstated.

The funeral of Synder was picketed by Rev. Fred Phelps and members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.  The church travels around the country picketing funerals of fallen soldiers stating the soldiers were killed as a punishment to the immorality of Americans, including tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

The group held signs at the funeral that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA.”

Albert Snyder of York, PA filed a lawsuit after the Phelpses picketed the funeral of his son.  He was awarded $11 million by a jury for compensatory and punitive damages.  A judge later reduced the award to $5 million.  The award was finally overturned by a Richmond, Virginia appeals court citing the church’s First Amendment rights.

The High Court will hear arguments from Snyder as well as representatives of the church.  The case boils down to Synder’s right to grieve privately versus the church’s first amendment right to voice their opinion no matter how hurtful.

“No American should ever be required to apologize for following his or her conscience,” said Margie Phelps, a daughter of Fred Phelps and the lawyer who is arguing the case for the church.

Information obtained from Fox5DC and AP

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  1. October 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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